Today is the next installment in my series of mini-reviews. Here are my quick thoughts on five books that I have read recently.
A Town Called Ruby Prairie by Anette Smith
A Town Called Ruby Prarie was an okay read. The plot was good, but the writing style was choppy and jumped from character to character quite abruptly. I did enjoyed getting to know everyone, however I don’t know if it is enough for me to keep reading the rest of the series. While it does a good job covering topics such as prejudice and belonging, there were also certain moment that seemed to be a little bit too melodramatic. 3/5 Stars.
Legacy Lane (Hart’s Crossing #1) by Robin Lee Hatcher
I really enjoyed this short and sweet offering from Robin Lee Hatcher, she does a good job of introducing readers to the town of Hart’s Crossing without being overly descriptive, and still having a story line to follow. Angie was an interesting character follow, especially with seeing the strain between her and her mother because of her mother’s faith, however, her mother is both loving and persistent when it comes to the Gospel. This is mainly a story of reconciliation and sometimes what it takes to reach that point, but it is also about community and faith. I am looking forward to my next trip to Hart’s Crossing, Idaho in the upcoming months! 4/5 Stars.
Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock
I’ve had this book on my Kindle for a while, but I forgot I had it until it came up as a read-a-like on Novelist for Legacy Lane (click here to read about Reading Experiment #4). All I can say is that I am surprised I did not read it sooner. I loved the cast of characters, especially Tillie Monroe and Roz as they live life in Mills River, Illinois during the Vietnam War, as well as hiding from an abusive father. My only complaint is that we are not outright told which year this book is set in and readers have to guess based on contextual clues. 4/5 Stars.
The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street #1) by Debbie Macomber
I have been a fan of Debbie Macombers books ever since a friend lent me The Shop on Blossom Street when I was a sophomore in college. I also have been in the mood to reread it for a while. It was an enjoyable and cozy read while aso covering some hard topics. I loved watching the characters’ develop friendships with each other and even watching how they each grow throughout the novel. However, there was one thing I did not like was that there was some fat-shaming of one of the side characters, and while that character was awful, her body was made to be the most disgusting thing about her when there are other aspects of her character that could have been the main focus as to why this character was awful. 3/5 Stars.
Veterans Way (Hart’s Crossing #2) by Robin Lee Hatcher
This was a cute companion novella to Legacy Lane, I loved returning to Hart’s Crossing and meeting a few more of the residents. I enjoyed the second chance at love story and how it explored some of the issues that an arise when two widowed people decide to get married. However, those issues are soon resolved. I’m really looking forward to my next journey to Hart’s Crossing. Also, I want to give a shout out to my husband for getting the first three books in this series for me! 4/5 Stars.
Janelle L. C.